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Aug. 01, 2015 @ 02:13 PM

Confederate flag rally draws 50

People gathered in front of the Historic Courthouse in Monroe Monday for a rally to support the Confederate flag and monuments.

Aug. 01, 2015 @ 02:18 PM

Wesley Chapel takes over Weddington fire protection

Bright and early Wednesday morning, Wesley Chapel Volunteer Fire Department’s newest substation on Hemby Road went out on its first emergency call.


Aug. 01, 2015 @ 02:17 PM

Bid process for fire software challenged

A software company is questioning Union County’s justifications for no-bid purchase of a competing fire call reporting program.


Aug. 01, 2015 @ 01:02 PM

Partners open Then & Now

At Then & Now Marketplace you can find old antiques as well as some newer contemporary items.


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Jul. 21, 2015 @ 03:31 PM

CATA players 'a little shocked' coach left

Central Academy's administrators are scrambling to replace their head football coach in the 11th hour. Phil Smith stepped down a couple weeks before practice started. Smith is taking the same position at Albemarle.

Jul. 21, 2015 @ 03:35 PM

Coaches should give same commitment they expect

High school football coaches typically demand a year-round commitment from their athletes and squeeze every ounce of dedication they can out of their players. Unfortunately, the players don't always get a good return on their investment. Central Academy's football coach quit just weeks before practice after being on the job for 16 months. The players suffer when a coach abandons his position with such little time to regroup.


Jul. 14, 2015 @ 04:36 PM

Kendall, Cavs have plenty of weapons

Austin Kendall is regarded as the best high school quarterback in the state of North Carolina by most accounts, and the Cuthbertson High rising senior has the numbers to back it up. What he wants now is a state championship for the Cavaliers. With a combination of size, speed and quickness on the perimeter, Kendall has an array of receivers at his disposal entering the 2015 season.


Jul. 14, 2015 @ 04:32 PM

Mavs expected to throw a lot under new coach

Marvin Ridge has a new football coach for the third year in a row, and Aubrey Carter says his team will line up with three, four and even wideouts in some situations. He has a receiver coveted by a long list of major colleges, and his left tackle also has major college offers, so Carter has talent to build around.


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Jul. 28, 2015 @ 02:27 PM

Basil: Bountiful, beautiful and tasty

Beautiful, bountiful, basil is one of many herbs that is not only jam packed full of flavor, but also touts a list of medicinal properties that places this inexpensive, carefree annual at the top of the culinary ‘must have’ list.

Jul. 30, 2015 @ 02:53 PM

Q&A on Outdoors Heritage Act

A significant bill that affects the outdoor sports was signed into law on July 8th.  Known as the Outdoor Heritage Act, the law provides for many changes in the states conservation and outdoor sports, including Sunday hunting.


Jul. 07, 2015 @ 04:03 PM

Environmentally friendly ways to control mosquitos

Don’t let mosquitoes keep you from enjoying your garden and outdoor parties. Look for environmentally sound ways to manage these pests in your garden and landscape.


Jul. 02, 2015 @ 11:24 AM

Common sense can help avoid shark attacks

Jaws frightened the world back in 1975. The man-eating shark thriller quickly became the highest grossing film of all time selling over 128 million tickets at the time. It was enough to make people wonder whether it was safe to go in the water during that summer, and many summers afterwards.


Jun. 30, 2015 @ 03:16 PM

Managing water supply can pay garden dividents

Water is essential to all life.  Through these hot days we are conscious to keep ourselves, our kids and our pets hydrated, but don’t forget about supplying ample water to your plants and wildlife.  Proper watering of gardens, turf, and ornamental plants is important to the overall health of your landscape during this period of extreme heat stress.


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Aug. 01, 2015 @ 01:05 PM

Letters to the Editor 8-2

Letters from Carlton Aldrich, S.L. Hayes, Dixon Hall and Herb Joyner


Jul. 14, 2015 @ 09:05 AM

Growth rests on four walls

The core question in North Carolina politics is a simple one: how can state government build a foundation for sustained, broad-based economic growth?


Apr. 18, 2015 @ 01:17 PM

Letters to Editor

2015 Union County property tax increase

Don’t decriminalize opossum abuse

Abuse of authority


Mar. 14, 2015 @ 11:58 AM

Appearances can be deceiving

When people want to get away from the daily grind, the old routine, workaday world-they tend to have a place they can go to escape. A place where they are just plain happy to be. For me, that place is Belmont Abbey.


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Apr. 08, 2015 @ 03:38 PM

Larson set free

Wanda Sue Larson was released from the Union County Jail Wednesday afternoon. She served a week in jail after pleading guilty to child abuse charges in Union County Superior Court.

Apr. 02, 2015 @ 02:46 PM

Journey to Jerusalem

Seventh Day Adventist last week presented a recreation of the last days of Jesus Christ.


Mar. 30, 2013 @ 06:57 PM

The Eighth Station

Arriving at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, the church representing the eighth station of the cross, Mark Kocik, of Marshville, pauses in the archway for a scripture reading prior to entering the sanctuary for the church's traditional Good Friday service at noon. Several dozen Christians met at the First Presbyterian Church earlier to participate in the eight stations of the cross ceremony, carrying the cross to eight locations in the downtown area, pausing for prayer and scripture at each station.

Feb. 19, 2013 @ 10:39 PM

Frankie Richard

As temperatures once again climbed into the 60's recently, Frankie Richard, of Albemarle, steals a few rays of sunshine between customers last Tuesday afternoon at Union Thrift Store on Charlotte Avenue. Richard oversees the thrift shop for owner, Rick Roberts, four days a week.